A writing difficulty is a difficulty putting thoughts on paper in a sequenced, logical and well-argued manner. Essay writing and creative writing are both important skills for academic achievement. Creative writing is now an examinable task in NSW public exams.

A difficulty in writing can be due to:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties/Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Inattentive type - ADD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing Difficulties
  • Visual Processing Difficulties
  • Processing Speed Difficulties
  • Motivational issues

Writing difficulties can be found in the following types of students:

  • Visual Spatial Learners
  • Dyspraxic children with language skill difficulties
  • Students with Working Memory difficulties
  • Students with Short-term Memory difficulties
  • Students with a Specific Learning Difficulty/Disability in reading following phonics remediation.

These students often develop a difficulty writing creative stories even though their imagination is strong and their ability to tell a good oral story is intact. They develop a type of writer’s block.

How can a specific difficulty in writing be helped?

Rowena runs the following courses to assist students to learn how to write a good short story or a good essay: